James (Jim) Morrison

James (Jim ) Morrison

Jim Morrison died of his wounds on 17th September 1916, aged 28. Even more tragically, he was the second of John and Mary Ann Morrison’s sons to die in France. His younger brother, George having been killed in action the year before at Ypres (click to read).

Jim was serving with the 1st/5th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. I haven’t managed to find any more information about him. The only clues are brief copies from the Regimental Diaries of the 1st East Yorkshire Regiment on this web page.

These record the build-up to the battalion’s attack on the first day of the the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. And end just four days later when they left Dernacourt retired to rest-billets.

The opening day of the battle saw the British Army suffer the worst one-day combat losses in history, with nearly 60,000 casualties. By the end of the battle on 18th November 1916, they had advanced just six miles. (Click here for more information.)

James Morrison is buried at Dernacourt Commonwealth Cemetery. If anyone can tell us anything about him, please either leave a comment below, or use the contact form to get in touch.

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